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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Braindead Megaphone

Book #39 this year was George Saunders' new essay collection The Braindead Megaphone.


Saunders appearing on Letterman? And the Colbert Report? I never thought I'd see the day. Looks like The Braindead Megaphone may be the book that finally hits the big time. Odd that his first non-fiction collection would be the thing to pique people's interest, but I guess a MacArthur genius grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship will do that for you. Anyways it couldn't happen to a better writer, and as a proud member of the Saunders Army I'm thrilled to see it.

Little known Saunders factoid: "Pastoralia" was the inspiration for the Cavemen in the Geico commercials. How sweet is that? Nick Kroll I believe you owe Mr. Saunders a thank-you note.

Oh ya, and the book itself? Excellent. Hilarious, heart-felt, innovative. But then again it's Saunders so what would you expect?

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